Amaechi’s confirmation and PDP’s walkout

Amaechi . Amaechi before senators during his screening. Thu Oct 22, 2015

The Nigerian senate has confirmed the ministerial nomination of former governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi (photo above: during his screening), as a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Shortly before Amaechi’s confirmation, all the PDP senators (except the Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu) angrily staged a walkout from the senate chamber – in protest against plans to confirm Amaechi without first tabling on the floor of the red chamber, the report indicting Amaechi when he was the governor of Rivers state.

This walkout was spearheaded by the senate minority leader, ex-Akwa Ibom state governor Godswill Akpabio, who looked vey angry and perturbed.

Photos of the PDP walkout below:

Photos: By Gbemiga Olamikan

The gamechanger in the whole Amaechi affair was the Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who appeared to have jettisoned the no-support-to-you threat brandished after a closed PDP caucus meeting.

Saraki may have orchestrated a ‘soft landing’ for Amaechi who was a torn in the flesh of the PDP after he defied former President Goodluck Jonathan, beginning with his wife (First Lady Patience Jonathan), withstood awesome presidential onslaught from the then Aso Rock occupants, decamped to the then fledgling APC, became APC’s Buhari campaign director – from which pedestal he orchestrated the most organised presidential campaign in black Africa by an opposition party and the atendant ouster of an incumbent president with all the appurtenances of presidential power, in Nigeria.

Rt. Hon. Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi is now a minister of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

I can conjecture that Amaechi will be given the portfolio of the Minister of The Niger Delta.

How will the PDP leadership and indeed the Rivers state PDP handle this ministerial portfolio in the hands of Amaechi? This is open to conjecture.

I think that the CHANGE train may have stopped at the train station in Port Harcourt – the garden city.

Very truly yours.


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